The NFRN today (July 26) welcomed the government’s commitment to recruit 20,000 additional police officers over the next three years.

Commenting, NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “Independent retailers are suffering from unprecedented levels of physical and verbal abuse, as well as theft from their shops, which has been made worse by the lack of police resources. We always urge our members to report crime incidents but we know that many do not do so because they believe that falling police numbers mean they will not receive a response.

Mr Reddish continued: “ An increase in police numbers is, therefore, very welcome and we will work with the government to ensure that retailers are given the protection that they need.”

Announcing that the recruitment of 20,000 new police officers will begin within weeks, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said: “My job as Prime Minister is to make our streets safer. People want to see more officers in their neighbourhoods, protecting the public and cutting crime.

“I promised 20,000 extra officers and that recruitment will now start in earnest.”

Home Secretary Priti Patel, who grew up helping her parents run a chain of newsagents, added: “The rise we’ve seen in serious violence is deeply worrying. An additional 20,000 officers sends a clear message that we are committed to giving police the resources they need to tackle the scourge of crime.”

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